LOS ANGELES — With the Hollywood signal overlooking the L.A. Memorial Coliseum on a smog-free Sunday, Philadelphia’s Nick Foles was prepared for his close-up.
When quarterback Carson Wentz exited after three quarters with a knee damage, the Eagles turned to his backup. Foles seized management of one of many NFL’s most explosive offenses and did sufficient to safe a 43-35 victory over the Rams.
“He has began on this league and he has are available in and performed nicely,” Eagles head Doug Pederson mentioned. “I’ve all the boldness in him if he has to begin.”
For starters, phrase circulated within the locker room that Wentz, a candidate for NFL MVP honors, had suffered a torn ACL. However Pederson would not affirm, or deny, that prognosis.
However it’s clear that Wentz will seemingly be compromised, with the query being for the way lengthy? Till that’s decided, Foles will direct that facet of the ball.
As a lot as he hates to see Wentz idle.
“You are speaking a few man that I work with each day and assume the world of,” Foles mentioned. “I’ve already mentioned I believe he’s the MVP this yr.”
Wentz has been particular and he proved it once more on Sunday. He threw 4 landing passes, together with his closing one setting a brand new franchise mark of 33 scoring tosses in a season. The previous mark had stood since Sonny Jurgensen heaved 32 landing passes in 1961.
However that milestone was washed away within the aftermath of the Eagles shedding Wentz. At the least Philadelphia did not lose their second straight recreation.
“It is your job to go in there and simply attempt to discover completions and play quick as a result of it had been awhile since I performed,” Foles mentioned. “You simply attempt to not make dangerous performs worse and also you simply attempt to get the win.”
Defensive finish Chris Lengthy helped when he stripped the ball from Rams quarterback Jared Goff within the fourth quarter. That arrange the Eagles to flee the West Coast with at the least one win after shedding final week at Seattle.
“The protection did an excellent job when Carson went down,” mentioned Foles, who accomplished 6 of 10 passes for 42 yards. “That meant rather a lot to me and to this crew.”
It’s clear what Wentz means to the Eagles.
“Clearly we do not need to lose our greatest participant, if not an important participant on the crew for certain and that is robust,” mentioned extensive receiver Torrey Smith, who had a team-high 100 receiving yards on six catches. “However for us to bounce again and win on the highway, it is enormous for us.”
Was he stunned Foles pulled out the victory?
“He did,” Smith mentioned, “what we anticipated him to do.”